Solo trip to Goa

Tripoto
8th Aug 2014
Photo of Solo trip to Goa 1/18 by Gautam Modi
Chapora fort
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Chapora Fort
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Aguada Fort 1
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Aguada Fort 2
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Old Goa 1
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Food Menu
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Local Cuisine at Forrest food Court
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Beside Forrest food court
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Old Goa 1
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Old Goa 2
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World Heritage Site
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Street View
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Dona Paulo
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Dona Paulo 2
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Vagator Beach view from Chapora Fort
Photo of Solo trip to Goa 18/18 by Gautam Modi
From flight: Goa View

Goa is India's smallest state by area. Goa is similar to a Southeast Asian city. When I first landed in Goa, I was very amazed to see such a huge crowd and the best part was that everybody was a tourist. Instead of booking a cab, I thought about using the local transport to reach my destination.

Goa, the state of beaches, babes, bikes, and night parties is often called "the Sin City of India”. Are you serious! How can you compare the smallest state of India with Sin City? There may be 2 reasons for it - One, they haven’t visited Sin City and the other is they don’t know anything else about Goa.

People go to Goa mainly for enjoyment which they cannot experience otherwise due to their busy life. So the holiday is not about relaxing, it’s about drinking like shit, behaving like a moron and many other reasons. People also call it “Bangkok of India”. Goa is a very hyped tourist destination and that too because of wrong reasons. It also hosts the World's most hyped New Year Party: Sunburn. People spend hefty amount of money just to enjoy this party. I will suggest this crowd to go to the Full Moon Party held every year in Kho Phangan, Bangkok. It is the world’s largest New Year party.

I will tell you what Goa is all about and why it is so popular among domestic and international tourists.

Normally people visit Goa to celebrate Christmas and New Year. October to February is considered to be the best time to visit Goa. It is because of the weather, crowd and spices. Yes, believe me, Goa is famous for its spices. And it is the most famous among Russians. Ok, I will talk about it later.

According to me Goa is best during monsoons. It’s a must visit during late July till August end when monsoon is on peak. You will get a completely new picture of Goa. Its full green everywhere, less crowd and the best part riding in rain through country side is amazing.

Spices, are one of the reasons why Russians are attracted to Goa. You guys must be thinking how would I know all this?? I met an old Gujarati couple near Calangute area. They own a retail shop selling spices. They told that their main targeted customer are Russians. The sad part is the business is seasonal i.e. from Oct to April and for the rest of the months they don’t have any work but to sit idle and wait for the time to come.

The main cities of Goa are Panaji/Panjim, Vasco, Mapusa, Ponda etc. Basically people visit North Goa as it comprises of the main tourist destination like calangute, baga, anjuna, ashwem, Vagator etcc. All these are beaches. But if you really want a calm place then you can go to Palolem Beach in South Goa.

Goa lacks local transport. Buses are not that frequent. If you really want to enjoy the place you must rent a bike or a car. It will make your trip memorable.

Feni, the Goan local drink. Taste same as that of other aerated drink. You have to try the local food once, it’s really pathetic. But there are many options in food in Goa. You can eat Indian, Chinese, European food etc..

Its a must visit place in GOA. I did the first thing in the evening after reaching Goa. You will also get a Trekking Experience. This fort has also been shown in DIL CHAHTA HAI and from that day onwards people started calling it as “DIL CHAHTA HAI POINT”. From here you will get awesome view of Vagator Beach. Just sit here calmly and wait for sun to set. Its an amazing place. Entry fee: NIL How to Reach: Just 2 km from Vagator Beach Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hr Tips: Go in the Evening to witness the sunset; Breathtaking view of Vagator Beach. Facts: This fort is also known as “DIL CHAHTA HAI POINT”

Photo of Chapora Fort, Vagator, Goa, India by Gautam Modi
Photo of Chapora Fort, Vagator, Goa, India by Gautam Modi
Photo of Chapora Fort, Vagator, Goa, India by Gautam Modi

In a party mood, head straight to BAGA Beach. Baga Beach is famous for Beach Parties, Cafes, disco, karaoke etc.. You will also get good food in these cafes. Mambo and Titos are most famous among tourists. If you want to have a tattoo then this is the best place. Beware of middle man. I had went to Xavier Beach Cafe, food was amazing. Entry fee: NIL How to Reach: 7 Kms from Vagator Beach Recommended Length of Visit: 3-4 hrs Tips: Go at Night Facts: Don’t indulge in Massage and Prostitution. This place is famous for that.

Photo of Baga Beach, Bardez, Goa, India by Gautam Modi

Its a must visit fort. It has a light house also. It was built by Portuguese in 1613. Many people visit here. The drive till here was really amazing. Entry fee: NIL How to Reach: 17 Kms from Vagator Beach Recommended Length of Visit: 1-2 hrs Tips: Reach around 11am Facts: Its a Fort cum lighthouse built by the Portuguese in 1613.

Photo of Aguada Fort Area, Candolim, Goa, India by Gautam Modi
Photo of Aguada Fort Area, Candolim, Goa, India by Gautam Modi

ts in Old Goa. Its a World famous church built in 1605 by Spanish, contains the remains of St. Francis Xavier. Full body part is here except its right hand which is in Rome. It is also the head office of all the School and Colleges in India named after this Xavier. It is also recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sight. Made up of full red colored brick. Entry fee: NIL How to Reach: 9.9km from Panjim City(Old Goa) Recommended Length of Visit: 1-2 hrs Tips: Go in the evening; Please hire a guide Facts: World Heritage Sight

Photo of Basilica of Bom Jesus (World Heritage Sight recognized by UNESCO) by Gautam Modi

This church is very much famous among Bollywood. if any movie will shot in Goa then this Church is mandatory to show. Featured in Josh, Mujhse Shadi Karogi, Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani. This is really a Master Piece and a must visit church in Old Goa. Entry fee: NIL How to Reach: 9 kms from Basilica of Bom Jesus(Old Goa) Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hr Tips: Go in the evening- around 3-4 pm Facts: Featured in many Bollywood Films.

Photo of Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Altinho, Panjim, Goa, India by Gautam Modi
Photo of Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Altinho, Panjim, Goa, India by Gautam Modi

Wanna taste local food?? This is the place to taste the local delicacy of Goan. And the best part is “No Tourist”. Yes!!! But I don’t like the food. Entry fee: NIL How to Reach: Near KALA Academy, GOA Recommended Length of Visit: Depends Tips: Go for Lunch Facts: Different menu everyday

Photo of Forrest Food Court by Gautam Modi
Photo of Forrest Food Court by Gautam Modi

Its a must visit. It become famous and more tourist landing at this place who comes to Goa. Awesome, breathtaking view from here. Entry fee: NIL How to Reach: 7 kms from Panaji, Goa Recommended Length of Visit: I hr is fine Tips: Go just before sunset Facts: Any gussess?? SINGHAM- The famous Bollywood film, this place was featured in.

Photo of Dona Paula Jetty, Tiswadi, Goa, India by Gautam Modi

Now this time Goa really amazed me. Street food, that to in Goa. Yesss, I was really excited to try it. I am not a foodie person but when I see street food I am gone. I saw it while going to Dona Paula Jetty. Entry fee: NIL How to Reach: 5 kms from Panaji, Goa Recommended Length of Visit: 1-2 hrs Tips: Must visit to see the sunset. It will be a lifetime experience. Facts: Awesome street food and that to with local people. It was really one of the best experience in Goa I had.

Photo of Miramar Beach, Panjim, Goa, India by Gautam Modi
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If you r not a foodie then how can you judge food?
Mon 10 31 16, 04:01 · Reply · Report
Hahahaha "try out the local food & its pathetic" read this in office & I literally LOL :D good post man. Loved it.
Fri 04 15 16, 02:35 · Reply · Report